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Strong 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Valparaiso, Chile

By Allie Goolrick
Published: August 23, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage from the strong quake that occurred at 7:23 p.m. EDT, but electricity and telephone service was interrupted in some areas. Three aftershocks were registered in the area shortly thereafter.

The seismological service initially reported the initial quake's magnitude as 6.6, but later downgraded it to 6.4.

Posts on social media showed grocery store isles littered with fallen merchandise and street cameras shaking as the quake struck. 

At least one fire appears to have been sparked by the quake according to Emergenza24, Chile's social network for emergency management

The seismological service said a preliminary report showed the quake was centered about 11 miles west-northwest of a community called Hacienda La Calera, around 73 miles from the capital of Santiago. It had a depth of about 19 feet.

No tsunami warnings were issued. 

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